WILPF Advocacy Documents

Middle East

Middle East

Disarmament | Extraterritorial Obligations | Human Rights | Participation
22 August 1968
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The 17th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 18-24 August, 1968 in Nyborg Strand, Denmark:

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting at Congress, August 1968,

Considering that a permanent peace can be established only through the cooperative efforts by both sides in the Middle Eastern conflict, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,

Urges on all the Powers concerned to take immediate steps, either through direct contact of through the representative of the Secretary General of the U.N or any other third party acceptable to both sides, to negotiate a peaceful settlement, based on the reciprocal recognition of the sovereign independence of all the States concerned,

We Express the Earnest hope that all the states in the Middle East, in order to avert further bloodshed, will substitute cooperation for belligerency, and thus ensure to all of them within the framework of a just and enduring peace, secure and recognized frontiers, freedom of navigation through international waters, free access for all faiths to their Holy Places and a solution, with international support and help, of the refugee problem,

We Urge the great Powers to encourage immediate steps towards such a peace, and to undertake appropriate means to ensure its permanence on the basis of the resolution of November 22nd, 1967, unanimous adopted by the Security Council which defined the principles, which it should embody,

We are Convinced that the United Nations will contribute both to the negotiations of such a peace, and to the implementation of its provisions, all the resources and support at its disposal.

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

IPB Congress Barcelona

WILPF Germany (+Young WILPF network), WILPF Spain and MENA Regional Representative

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WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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